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a salt marsh on the eastern shore of Virginia seen from above
January 5, 2015

Over the Bay

Shooting at Hog Island Bay on the eastern shore of Virginia, Your Shot member Gordon Campbell is inspired by the natural textures, patterns, and colors of the area’s salt marshes, as well as what he calls the seemingly random nature of the "veins" running through them. The scenery, he writes, is in a state of constant change, depending in part on the tides, the season, and the time of day.

Campbell photographs while flying an open cockpit aircraft. “I’m always looking for the unique combinations of pattern and light,” he writes. “When I find an interesting area, I can change angles relative to the sun and fly higher or lower, sometimes just feet above the marsh grasses. The tidal wetlands shown here play a very important part in the ecosystem and are home to a large variety of wetland flora.”

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Photograph by Gordon Campbell, National Geographic Your Shot

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